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  1. AFOLguy1970

    How to lighten up Modular Houses best?

    Are you referring to something like this? I think these are battery based and therefore will not depend on where your outlets are. I cannot say I have ever tried a kit as they are not cheap, but they might be something to consider.
  2. AFOLguy1970

    [Review] #75267 Mandalorian Battle Pack

    I can verify that these are indeed popular. My son and I were researching this at the entrance to the Lego Store just before opening. I told him if he wanted one to go straight to the Star Wars section and get one to examine. Basically, this and the Bookshop were the two most sought after sets at opening. My son got this and the Sith Trooper BP. He really likes them both, but now is craving "The" Mandalorian. In the meantime, I am sure these will do!
  3. AFOLguy1970

    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    Well, we got there early before opening, and by the time the store opened, I would say there were 20 people in line. They had maybe 6 BS on the shelf and then they stacked another dozen or so on the floor near the entrance. When the doors opened, 75% of the stock went right away. I saw a few still on the shelf when we left, and as of now the store is showing out of stock. I spent the rest of the day building it. Definitely, it was a fun build, and there are some new techniques as we would expect to find in the modulars. The singled roof, Dutch/Flemish gable, the beds, and the variety of useful parts were among my favorite part of the experience. Hope you all enjoy the build when you get them.
  4. AFOLguy1970

    Future Star Wars Sets

    Ok, I am calling it now. Baby Yoda will appear, but it will be in a set that is more than 100 pounds/Euros/dollars. No way Disney/Lego let you have him in a small or midrange set. If they are really feeling the pull of the Dark Side, he will end up being the San Diego Comic Con exclusive. You would not need to be force sensitive to feel the galactic disturbance that would cause.
  5. AFOLguy1970

    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    I doubt this is going encourage that many people to wait to buy the BS on the 8th, because most of us will assume there will be no BS in stock at that point. To have both, I would have to buy Bookshop on the 1st assuming it will go out of stock imminently, then go back and register on the 6th (Monday) at the store, only to go back for the build (Wednesday), assuming I was successful on the 1st and the 6th. I dont even think I would go through that much trouble for a Lego Baby Yoda, let alone a newstand that can probably be mostly made from available parts. According to the app. I am 26 miles away from the Lego Store, and there are some horribly congested highways between here and there. Not gonna happen. I remember the Dallas store enforcing limits before and have never seen anyone try to walk out with multiples on Day 1. To really ruin everyone's day, you would need some help as big as those boxes are, and probably a van to wipe out the stock for the day.
  6. AFOLguy1970

    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    So who else is going to be there before opening tomorrow? I really really wish Lego had a preorder option. The last time I went in on New Years was during the release of Downtown Diner. It was not too hard to get it, and I assume last year was easier compared to some years with the mixed reviews and price increase of CG. However, I have a feeling that this thing is going to be on backorder online and the stores are going to be out shortly after opening. I hope there will be a limit of 1 and there will be some order to tomorrow. This scaled down Black Friday approach is not for me, but it is really the only way to get one before the regular job starts up again next week.
  7. AFOLguy1970

    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    It is as if Lego read my mind. I even predicted the "Moby Brick" gag upon hearing the rumor it was a bookstore! This is everything I hoped for. A return to older styles and curb appeal. I agree with others that the somewhat smaller size is due to the necessity of having two walls in the middle so that the buildings can be separated like the Pet Shop. It might be tempting to buy two of these to get a townhouse row. Maybe someone will customize a printed 108 or 109 tile so I do not end up with two 107s? The details inside and out are fantastic. I like the colors, and the part selection looks very interesting. I will have to save up for this, so wont be able to achieve it on New Years Day, but it is my first priority to buy after the new year. This might be the best one since PR, which is my absolute favorite. If Lego is reading these boards, I now ask that the book piece that you used for "Moby Brick" be made available on online PAB. I would like to stock up my bookshop when I get it Otherwise, well done Lego!
  8. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    The challenge to a book store would naturally be getting a detailed interior without having to budget too many parts to it. It is hard to visualize the interior without imagining a lot of parts for books and bookcases. I just hope the exterior is eye catching and not too plain in the sense of DO or CG. I really like the new book piece and hope it is utilized well. I imagine printed parts with Legocentric titles, like a "Tale of Two Bricks" or "Moby Brick". There are some exciting possibilities.
  9. AFOLguy1970

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    As both an occasional buyer and seller, I figure this will either be very beneficial or it will be a disaster. I really hope it continues to be a place I can sell an occasional set or buy something Lego no longer offers at a reasonable price.
  10. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Nice to see that $200 is not quite yet the new norm. Last year, the higher price in combination with a building that many people found uninspiring was rather disappointing. Also agree that putting an optometrist next to a book shop would be great.
  11. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I am still seeing it on the entry for Lego Modular Buildings in Wikipedia. Of course, if they made a police station, everyone would expect a donut shop. In a sense though, that seems a little bit too cliche and uncreative on the part of Lego to give us something that everyone would expect. Four jail cells seems a bit repetitive and no mention is made at all of the color or architectural style of the building. No car either would be surprising. Although I would not mind a modular police station, there is nothing mentioned that is particularly exciting.
  12. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I am fine with a book shop. It would likely involve another business/and or a residential area. If $200 is the new norm, there is no reason they could not go the way of the pet shop and have two detachable sections. The higher price would allow for that double wall that would be necessary in order to have two separate units. I too would hope a cafe/coffee shop is not included since we have no shortage of them at this time.
  13. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    That red baseplate worked well also because the building used the rest of the space away from the sidewalks, thus not allowing for a red alley behind the building. As for a white baseplate, I am surprised it was somehow not incorporated in a Winter Village setting as it would be perfect for a snowy adventure. Last year, we had to wait until December for news of the modular. It was so late in fact, that they did not even feature it in the January calendar on the website to avoid spoiling it.
  14. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Ideas Discussion

    At first, I was a bit saddened that Addams Family house did not make it as I really would like some type of Victorian house build even if it involves a haunted twist. I am also very hopeful for the Haunted Mansion in the next round. It may may have a decent chance due to the following: (1) No Addams Family house means no direct competition due to a similar theme and scope. I dont think that the Hidden Side series would be similar enough to cannibalize sales either (2) Similar to Sesame Street, the Magic Kingdom Haunted House is near its 50th anniversary. I am sure Lego and Disney are both aware of the timing and understand the benefit of releasing on an anniversary (looking at you Apollo 11). Also, the Magic Kingdom is the most visited park, therefore more people are likely to be familiar with the Orlando version. (3) There is obviously a lot of interest out there for a Haunted Mansion build, and it would not surprise me if it was already under consideration despite the Ideas set going into review (4) It would be difficult for the design to get shot down in review and then have Lego/Disney introduce it within a couple of years. There would be an outcry that the Ideas set was "stolen" . I think this is exactly why Steamboat Willie was approved. Really hoping the same thing happens with the Haunted Mansion
  15. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    This. PR looks great from all sides and has a lot of nice exterior detail on it. I am not worried about whether or not the next modular will be a restaurant, hotel, post office, etc. I just want it to look nice on the outside, because that is what I will be looking at 99.9% of the time. If $200 is the new norm, it must look good. It has been a while since raises have kept up with inflation at my workplace, therefore this set must deliver.